Nirmala Sitaraman - The new defence ministerYesterday in the central government 4 ministers were elevated to cabinet rank. 9 new ministers were sworn in. Portfolios of various ministers were changed.
The most unexpected was giving Defence portfolio to Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman. Yesterday she was elevated to cabinet rank. Earlier she was holding an independent charge of commerce.
The general practice is to allot this to one of the senior ministers. Indira Gandhi herself handled this wing when she was the prime minister. Till now in Modi's ministry Arun was holding the additional charge. It is a very bold decision taken by the PM. Generally this portfolio will be in the top of the list of ministers. But today if you see the list her name and this portfolio was 3rd or 4th from the bottom.
PM is having lot of confidence on this lady. I hope she will stand up to his expectations.
What are the opinions of other learned members of the ISC.